Hazelnuts

Turkey’s black sea region produces up to 80% of the global hazelnut harvest. In Turkey, there have been issues such as child labor on hazelnut farms and poor working conditions of migrant workers. In order to improve conditions and to avoid these risks, Lindt & Sprüngli works closely with local partners to improve the farming practices of the Turkish hazelnut farmers.

Hazelnuts-Lindt & Sprüngli

The target for 2017 was for at least 75% of whole unprocessed hazelnuts to be sourced from Italy, the state of Oregon (USA), or a program for sustainable hazelnuts in Turkey. The figure achieved (86%) actually exceeded the target. The goal is to ensure that the whole unprocessed hazelnuts from Turkey are sourced from a sustainability program by 2020.

Lindt & Sprüngli is aware of the challenging labor situation and living conditions of migrant workers during the hazelnut harvest season in Turkey. Since 2014, Lindt & Sprüngli works with key hazelnut suppliers that have implemented sustainable hazelnut programs in Turkey. Comparable to the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program framework, our suppliers established traceability first, trained farmers, supported them with specific measures for improvement, and monitored progress internally. In addition, farm visits by independent assessors verified that the knowledge gained in trainings was implemented and the required standards are met.

In addition, the Lindt Cocoa Foundation supports a major project to engage and entertain children of migrant family workers and to prevent child labor. In summer schools children were taught mathematics, Turkish, English, arts and sports. Besides that, awareness about labor issues was raised among labor contractors, local government authorities and the local population. For more information, please have a look here.

Lindt & Sprüngli will continue to work closely with the Turkish hazelnut suppliers and help them expand and improve their programs. While the positive impact is already being perceived, we are aware that there is still a lot to do to resolve the grievances completely.